Shaping of the tumor microenvironment: Stromal cells and vessels

Marzenna Blonska, Nitin K. Agarwal, Francisco Vega

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Lymphomas develop and progress in a specialized tissue microenvironment such as bone marrow as well as secondary lymphoid organs such as lymph node and spleen. The lymphoma microenvironment is characterized by a heterogeneous population of stromal cells, including fibroblastic reticular cells, nurse-like cells, mesenchymal stem cells, follicular dendritic cells, and inflammatory cells such as macrophages, T- and B-cells. These cell populations interact with the lymphoma cells to promote lymphoma growth, survival and drug resistance through multiple mechanisms. Angiogenesis is also recognized as an important factor associated with lymphoma progression. In recent years, we have learned that the interaction between the malignant and non-malignant cells is bidirectional and resembles, at least in part, the pattern seen between non-neoplastic lymphoid cells and the normal microenvironment of lymphoid organs. A summary of the current knowledge of lymphoma microenvironment focusing on the cellular components will be reviewed here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalSeminars in Cancer Biology
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015


  • Angiogenesis
  • Hedgehog signaling
  • Lymphoma microenvironment
  • NF-κB signaling
  • Stromal cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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